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Monk Parakeet amidst Feral Pigeons and White-Winged Doves
Myiopsitta monachus / Columba livia domestica / Zenaida asiatica

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States, 2014

Baguette baguette baguette !

This time, it’s a video !!

I added a song with the animation and worked with the rythm, it was a test and I really like how it looks ! I have to post more videos like this one in the futur, it’s funny to do and I missed doing it ^^

I draw all on the DSi, then I put the frames on Movie maker to work the song and the animation together =)

Hope you will enjoy it =)

J’en ferais d’autre !


The song belongs to Daft Punk : Robot Rock

anonymous asked:

Hm, interesting tidbits: so, there are several subfamilies of Columbidae. One group, Columbinae (note the n) is primarily seed eating. Columbinae includes rock pigeons and ringneck doves. The other several subfamilies are mainly fruit eaters. The seed eaters have thick walls in their digestive systems, presumably to withstand and grind the hard shells of seeds. The fruit eaters have longer intestines, presumably for the better processing of fruit.

Yep!

That’s the entirety of why I try to be so careful to specify that I am talking about Ringneck Doves: Streptopelia risoria and domestic pigeons: Columba livia. 

There are a TON or fruit doves!

The Superb Fruit Dove, for example.

Jambu fruit dove

Pied Imperial Pigeon

Pink Headed Fruit Dove

Wompoo Fruit Dove

Yellow Bibbed Fruit Dove

White Crowned Pigeon

Maori Fruit Pigeon

Black Backed Fruit Pigeon

To name just a few.

Tonight’s SVTFOE3 Recap: What a Twist!

If you somehow haven’t seen these episodes yet after they just aired, I recommend doing so now either on demand or at the Disney XD or Disney Now app. Don’t worry; I can wait.

All caught up? Great. Let’s get spoilery.

NIGHT LIFE

Marco has been spending the past few nights hanging out with Hekapoo to hunt and close rogue dimensional portals, something Star learns about when Marco fails to watch Glossaryck (who wrecks her room during his absence). So Marco feels sorry for not being there for Star on her recent royal duties and gives her his dimensional scissors, promising he won’t ditch her for Hekapoo again… only to do just that, stealing his scissors back while she’s sleeping before he heads out with Hekapoo and a mercenary named Talon Raventalon to the middle of a desery where Hekapoo believes the next rogue portal will appear, where they’ll capture and/or kill whatever or whoever is making these portals. Marco tries to stop them and gets into a fight with Talon, and the portals’ cause, God Mode Star, shows up, and Hekapoo immediately recognizes her, and Talon is stopped before he can kill Star, who escapes completely unharmed. Hekapoo calls out Marco for knowing Star was sleep-portaling and is about to report this to the Magic High Commission, but Marco convinces her (with his adult voice) not to let them know so Star can figure this out on her own. Hekapoo begrudgingly agrees, calling off hers and Marco’s partnership while also telling him that Star’s lucky to have him for a squire. When Marco goes back to put the scissors back to Star’s room, Star calls him out as well, but Marco explains that he and Hekapoo’d been closing portals that Star left open, which worries the princess with the fear that the MHC will learn of this, only for Marco to tell her he’d give up adventuring with Hekapoo to keep Star safe, while also revealing her a map of her journeys through the dimensions, leading to the next episode where she takes a…

…DEEP DIVE!

Star brings Marco and Janna (whose first time this is in Mewni) up to speed on her speed-portaling, explaining that she started hearing a wailing sound and tried to find its point or origins, but always woke up before she could find it. Her plan is to have Janna hypnotize her to stay asleep, with her compact mirror on her headband so they can see where so goes on her travels, and Marco will bring her back with the scissors should problems arise. The princess then goes to sleep and turns into God Mode Star, going sleep-portaling in her search for the sound, which she eventually finds, and she ends up in the Realm of Magic, which is what the place was like without Toffee. While Star gets caught up in the cuteness of the Realm and meets the Firstborn, Marco and Janna try to figure out a way to get Star back when she loses her compact mirror. Then Marco gets the idea to use Star’s wand and find her with the All-Seeing Eye. This surprisingly works, and Marco tries to get Star to come back, but his trying to put his arm through the Eye causes the room to explode, alerting Star that Marco and Janna’re and trouble and resulting in her rushing to her room… while turning into God Mode Star at will at that! Thankfully, neither one is harmed, and they have a good laugh (in a metaphorical sense anyway) that things went better than expected and, on top of that, Star can now freely go from Mewman to Mewberty after this quest.

MONSTER BASH

At the ancient temple that used to be Ludo’s second lair in Season 2, Star is holding a party to start a new era of peace between Mewmans and Monsters, with help mainly from Prince Rich Pigeon, Marco, Pony Head and Tom, the latter of whom she almost forgot was already there when we first see him in the episode. The party starts off going well: The royal youths and invited Monsters are having fun with no problem, Star and Tom have some cute little moments together, and Princess Spider even seems to bond a bit with a sweet Monster named Slime after he cures her spider bite. However, the fun starts to die out when Miss Heinous, Gemini and a shockingly adorable Rasticore show up parked just outside. Sure enough, a distraught Princess Spiderbite shows up without Slime, and everyone starts to argue what could have happened to him. Star, wanting to avoid a bigotry-fueled fight, tells everyone she’s going to find out what’s going on, seeking Marco’s help in the effort to find Slime and the other missing monsters. Sure enough, they find the monsters had been kidnapped and tied up in a closet by Mina Loveberry, making her long-awaited reappearance after her debut in Starstruck and revealing that her complete insanity extends to an intensely unreasonable anti-Monster attitude. She’s about to do her worst, when Miss Heinous literally comes crashing through the ceiling and reveals herself to the two teens, whom Rasticore and Gemini quickly restrain.

Soon, Miss Heinous has Marco strapped to her energy-stealing machine and, despite him not being an actual princess, is just about to sap him of his energy… until her cheeks glow and a nursery room is opened up for everyone to see. Immediately, Miss Heinous starts to remember everything inside, from the dolls of Eclipsa and her lover to her baby crib, but everyone else is understandably confused out of their minds as to what’s going on. Mina explains (besides the fact that she’d waited years for the Jessica Walter-voiced disgraced headminstress to show her face again) that Miss Heinous is in fact Eclipsa’s daughter Meteora Butterfly turning into the normal-colored-skinned Hulk and getting into an epic fight with Star, whom Tom assists later on after he goes looking for her. However, as things heat up for the worse, Rhombulus shows up with the royal guards to bust everything up, and Mina and Miss Heinous both escape. After being scolded for Rhombulus for setting the party up at as dangerous and off-limits a place as the temple, Star is left dumbfounded and and in dispair, as not only has her plans gone up in flames, but now tensions have gotten higher between Monsters and Mewmans and Star even starts to believess that she doesn’t even know her own family anymore. And speaking of which, now on the run from the guards with Gemini and Rasticore, Miss Heinous sheds the alias we knew her as from her first appearance, preferring now to be known as Meteora, and the episode ends with this lovely image for your nightmares:

The first half-hour was a well-connected pair of episodes, both to each other and to “Sweet Dreams” where this arc started. Both episodes were good with well-written/storyboarded fights and interactions that feel believable, some great visuals and, for the first episode, more Hekapoo to enjoy. Not much I can say with this one, except this is certainly one worth revisiting.

Now on to the big one: Monster Bash. Good God, was this nothing like what we all thought it would be. And that’s part of why this episode was so great. This episode has pretty much everything you could ask for an amazing SVTFOE episode at this point: It has some great humor, but it knows when to hold back on it when it needs to; when we get the action in the climax, it more than satisfies with what it gives us; even the shipping-fuel side is played down quite a lot in comparison to all of last season′s half-hour episodes. I’d been staying away from discussing the shipping wars in great detail since the SDCC clip last Summer, instead doing my best to focus more on the plot and the cool stuff. But honestly, I actually like seeing Tom and Star interact as a couple thus far this season. I really enjoy whenever they’re on-screen together, whether they’re having fun, rebonding or just having a simple conversation. And here, I think this is as perfect a use of Tom as you could have in a half-hour episode such as this.

Also, I really like how the antagonists were used in this episode. Amy Sedaris returns as Mina and surprisingly manages to make the role she played for laughs actually feel terrifying and psychotic. In fact, I dare even say I enjoyed her more here than I did in Starstruck and would love to see more of her in the coming episodes. But for literally everybody, Miss Heinous Meteora is what makes this episode really shine. Along with Michael C. Hall as Toffee, Jessica Walter has always been one of my favorite celebrity voices on this show, simultaneously bringing both a sinister, unhinged sense of evil and a delightfully hysterical hamminess to her character in every appearance she’s made so far, and this episode is no exception. But here, she also delivers a sense of emotion depth we NEVER thought we’d get on this show when she remembers (and we all learn) that she used to be known as Meteora, and it’s here that we start to feel both shocked and bad for her as this revelation plays out to us. I dare not lie to you when I say that after this, Meteora may be my favorite villain on the show after Toffee, and I’m so excited for what they’re gonna do with this after tonight.

Overall, Monster Bash was a perfect episode, giving us exactly what we need and quite a lot more than we expected. There’s more episodes on the way in the future, but now with what’s transpired here, you can definitely guarantee that everything’s about to get even weirder and a lot wilder than before.

Next month: Mewni does the Holidays, the ducks do some mountain-climbing, and… third thing!

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natgeo Video by @renan_ozturk // One of the world’s most accomplished alpinists @conrad_anker on a sunset scramble up Pigeon Spire in Bugaboos provincial park, British Columbia. One thing among many that I’ve learned from Conrad on the expeditions I’ve done with him is that the greatest attribute a mountain climber can have is a bottomless well of childlike enthusiasm, just to be out in the thick of it. Whether it’s completing the Shark’s Fin of MERU or a relatively casual outing such as this one, he always brings this contagious energy to the table.

me: (looks at columbidae)

columbidae:

me: 👌🐦👌🐦👌🐦👌🐦👌🐦 good pidge gO౦d pidge 👌 thats ✔ some good👌👌pidge right 👌👌 th 👌 ere👌👌👌 right✔there ✔✔if i do ƽaү so my self 💯 i say so 💯 thats what im talking about right there right there (chorus: ʳᶦᵍʰᵗ ᵗʰᵉʳᵉ) mMMMMᎷМ💯👌👌👌 cO0 cОଠOOOOOОଠଠOoooᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒ👌👌👌👌 💯 👌🐦🐦🐦👌👌 good pidge

anonymous asked:

In regards to pigeon diets; I've seen vets and wildlife rehabilitators mention that pigeons can eat a variety of vegetables,(appears corn and peas are recommend for young ones if they're abandoned and need to be cared for, in particular) berries, and insects as well, and according to ornithologist, rock pigeons regularly have a varied diet similar to that in a nature setting. I'm wondering where the idea that pigeons can't digest foods besides seeds and grain comes from?

So I have to ask you:

Do you know what anatomical part of the plant corn kernels and peas are?

Given that you called them vegetables, I have to assume not.

They are seeds.

Seeds have a VERY different structure from the rest of a plant’s anatomy.

They are embryonic tissue wrapped in a protective shell. Almost pure protein, and in terms of digestion, closer to processing meat than any other part of a plant’s anatomy.

Leaf, stem, root, tuber and vegitable flesh are largely comprised of Cellulose, the stuff that makes wood rigid.

Animals cannot process cellulose on their own. 

They need bacteria for that, which is stored in a specialized organ called the Cecum, which branches off from the intestine in many species, and it just an extra length of it in others (such as humans and ruminants.)

In most birds, the cecum branches off of the intestines and food does not directly pass through it.  Bacteria are excreted from it to digest the vegetation that the body cannot break down unaided.

Animals that eat a lot of leafy or fleshy vegetation have very large caeca to store the volume of bacteria required to break it down enough to get any nutrition out of it.

Here, for example, is the Cecum of a horse.

@why-animals-do-the-thing talked about the cecum in their post about why feeding a cat a vegetarian or vegan diet would kill it, and they found this helpful comparative image set.

Animals with a low cellulose diet tend to have either a very small cecum or none at all.

So, the idea that a pigeon cannot process cellulose stems from the fact that pigeons have less of a cecum than a DOG does.

Let’s have a look at the anatomy of a genuinely omnivorous bird that eats everything from flesh to bugs, to grass and does a LOT of grazing on vegetable matter:

A chicken has, not one cecum, but TWO very long Caeca.

Chickens eat a LOT of vegitation, so they need a LOT of storage space for their bacterial partners.

Now, let’s look at a pigeon.

See that teeny little blip of a cecum?

That’s all they need because the only cellulose in a seed diet is the shell of the seed, which pigeons swallow whole.

Unlike parrots, finches, and other seed eating birds, Columbids to not remove the shell from the seed. 

The shell is an absolutely necessary source of dietary fiber that finches and psitticines get no use out of.

Animals that can process sugars need to be able to detect them.

Pigeons have 40 taste buds. None of which can detect sweetness.

Their enjoyment and selection of favorite food items is based more on texture than taste.

Pigeons who have never seen other birds eat a berry, when offered a berry, will generally fail to recognize it as a food, so the conclusion I have reached is that feral pigeons who do eat them have observed song birds do it, and with food being scarce and most of the,m being hungry, they don;t have the option to be picky. 

That’s why you see ferals eating discarded hot dogs when they are not even remotely built to be flesh eaters.

 Insects are actually very nutritionally similar to the embryonic tissue that seeds are, and there tend to be insects on or in seeds that birds pick up and swallow.

But now let me ask you:

Have you spent any time observing feral pigeon flocks?

Have you ever seen them employ hunting behavior?

Honing in on something that moves, stalking it and pecking it up like a chicken or corvid (both of which are omnivorous) would?

Because watching pigeon flocks is a big part of my research, and I have yet to see them react in a predatory manner to live insects.

Peeps are interested in the movement, but consumption largely seems to be incidental rather than intentional.